Can you believe it’s December already? This means the holidays are just a few weeks away! Aside from hot cocoa, sparkling decorations, and cheery music, the reason why I love the holiday season so much is because it’s a time of the year when we’re able to celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones.
In the past, I always looked forward to the large gatherings and parties that took place in December, but in light of the pandemic, this holiday season will look a bit different. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with our loved ones while staying healthy! Read on to see some creative ways to have fun and stay safe this holiday!
- Bundle Up for a Winter Picnic with Members of Your Household
Picnics don’t have to just be for the warmer months. It’s a great idea to also have picnics in the winter as well, especially during the holidays, since it’s a good reason to finally get out of the house and celebrate in a different setting.
To have a picnic in the winter, remember to bundle up in warm layers and pack some extra blankets as well. To have some holiday-appropriate snacks, you can always bring candy canes, cookies, and even hot chocolate—just make sure to use a thermos so that the drink stays warm and toasty! Another big plus is that picnics are a great form of social distanced events with others you don’t live with since they take place in outside areas where you can spread out.
- Holiday Drive-Through Experiences
Another activity that I’m very excited about are all of the holiday drive-through experiences and light shows that I’ve been seeing on various blogs and magazines. This is one of the safest ways to celebrate the holidays this season, since you’ll be in your own car with members of your household. With all of the twinkling lights and cheery music, this will be a different but still fun way to celebrate with family and loved ones! Here is a list of some fun drive-through experiences happening in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
- A New Kind of Gift Exchange
The holidays don’t feel complete without a gift exchange of some sort, but since we can’t gather for big parties or celebrations this year, you can opt to host it virtually. Rather than drawing names in person, try using various websites to draw names, like Elfster and Draw Names. After the names are drawn, gifts can be sent ahead of time; when it’s time to open them, make sure to schedule a Zoom or FaceTime call so that all of the presents can be opened at the same time! To spice it up, you can even try forgoing your name on the gift that you send and leave clues instead, so that your recipient will have to guess who it’s from!
That wraps up some creative yet safe ways to celebrate the holidays this year! Wishing you all a warm, safe, and happy holiday season!